In early June 2017, firefighters Sam Berry and Jared Davis of Amarillo Fire Department, Texas, were consoling two young children after a car crash when Lt. Todd Peden snapped the heartwarming scene and later had it posted on the fire department’s Facebook page.
It's not always just medical treatment we provide. Here is a photo of firefighters Sam Berry and Jared Davis providing…
The post wrote: “It’s not always just medical treatment we provide. Here is a photo of firefighters Sam Berry and Jared Davis providing emotional support to two (uninjured) young children that were involved in a vehicle accident recently.”
Sam was cradling a young girl who was still clutching her stuffed toy, and Jared was kneeling beside a boy who was lying down against a bag. The children were not injured but distraught after the incident.
The photo attracted attention from netizens with more than 2,800 likes and over 120 comments.
One Facebook user wrote: “Wow. Amazing! You both, and the rest of the fire department are such a blessing to so many people, daily!”
“We are all so proud and blessed by our superb, compassionate, reliable first responders! Thanks for your dedication and genuine concern in all you do for our community,” another said.
“Excellent. Compassion at its best. Those kids were so blessed by you!” another remarked.
A former Emergency medical technician chimed in to comment: “As a past EMT, I cannot count the number of hands I held, hugs I have given to people on the worst days of their lives, children I have held. But it is still so nice to see captured.”
One user shared her personal encounter with some other compassionate firefighters.
She wrote: “Thank you so much for all you do. Your awesome firemen did the same thing for my grandkids on March 8. They sat on the parking lot and played with them while my daughter was talking to the police, which were really wonderful too!”
In spite of the many compliments, Jared and Sam insisted what they did was just a routine part of their job.
While speaking to NewsChannel10, Jared, who has been with the fire department for more than seven years, said: “Every guy on the job has probably done this, we just happened to get photographed. I’m a firm believer that compassion is a form of medicine.”
He also responded to the post with: “That’s the best part of the job right there!”
Sam, who was from another station, but was covering a shift for a colleague that day, said, “It’s just what we do. It’s cool to see it (the photo) out there.”
Kudos to Jared, Sam, and all other firefighters for all that you have done to save hearts and homes!
In another instance, deputies with the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department in New Mexico were on duty around midnight on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, when a swerving vehicle caught their attention. Deputies Roger Garcia and Sam Rodriguez pulled the car over and were faced with a man who looked and acted inebriated. Jeffrey Salas, 24, was heavily under the influence of alcohol.
The sad and shocking reality was that there were three small children with him in the vehicle: a 5-year-old, a 2-year-old, and an infant of 2 months. The 2-month-old was in an unbuckled car seat.
The deputies went above the call of their duty to care for these kids. Garcia mixed some baby formula under a flashlight, while Rodriguez wrapped the infant in a blanket that he got from his church while feeding the baby.
Three other deputies arrived to help; one helped change the infant’s dirty diaper, and the others went and bought the kids McDonald’s to eat.
This shows us that sometimes people in law enforcement show compassion by going beyond their call of duty to help people in need.